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Boko Haram: Posers for Northern Elders and Leaders

Boko Haram: Posers for Northern Elders and Leaders

By Sharon Faliya Cham First, let me start with this somber news that the Nigerian Air Force jets bombed the army barracks in Bama, Borno state, North-east Nigeria, on Monday, September 1, 2014. News reports have it that the fighter jets bombed the army barracks when the army was fighting “Boko Haram” fighters who came


Boko Haram and the crippling of Islam in Africa Radical movements in Africa are hurting the future of Islam on the Continent.

By Abdelwahab El-Affendi Boko Haram seeks to opt out of modernity and herd Muslims back to metaphorical caves, writes Al-Effendi [EPA] In the 1980s, there was much talk in Nigeria about the “Kaduna Mafia”, a mythical and not-so-secretive organisation said to be made up of influential northern Nigerian intellectuals, civil servants and businessmen, intent on

Will North Vote For Jonathan?

BY ZAYYAD I. MUHAMMAD President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP have kick-started the ground-work to pave GEJ’s way to a second term. Just like the 2011 presidential elections, Jonathan’s splitting headache in 2015 would be northern Nigeria. But this time around with a major difference- a strong opposition party- APC have emerged. Though the PDP’s

Violence in a Rebased Economy

BY OLUSEGUN ADENIYI Scene One: On March 27 this year, a Police Corporal, Sunkanmi Ogunbiyi, attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Ogun State Police Command left his station and headed home where he turned his gun on estranged wife, (also a police Corporal), his landlady, a 2-year-old toddler and several others, before

Kano Sets the Arena for 2015

For Kano State gladiators, the stage is set for 2015, writes Ibrahim Shuaibu As political gladiators in Kano State begin to prepare for the  gubernatorial election scheduled for February 2015, the political space  is daily expanding with more personalities under different guises  showing interest in the process that would produce the next governor of the

The Israeli spy and Palestinian peace talks

By Jonathan Cook US using Jonathan Pollard as a bargaining chip raises the stakes in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Nazareth, Israel – Reports that Washington was offering to free Israel’s most notorious spy, Jonathan Pollard, as part of an unorthodox prisoner exchange has provoked feverish excitement in Israel. US security officials have always objected to releasing Pollard


Police didn’t receive N19.7bn from Sanusi, IG tells Reps

There was a new twist to the N19.7bn Police Equipment Fund on Tuesday as the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, denied that the police received the money from suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Lamido Sanusi. Sanusi, while defending allegations of financial recklessness levelled against him by the Financial Reporting Council,


Buhari, Saraki Slam FG over National Conference, Subsidy Expenditure

Former Head of State, Maj-General Muhammadu Buhari and former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, yesterday came down hard on the federal government over what they described as indefensible waste of national resources on the funding of the National Conference and a corrupt subsidy regime. Buhari in his opening remarks at the first Progressive


The earlier the issue is resolved, the better for the state and its people Taraba is the only state in the country that operates outside the dictates of the Nigerian constitution. As things stand today, the state has two governors (the substantive but ailing Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai; and his Deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar who

PDP insists APC promotes insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Saturday, insisted that the actions, utterances and body language of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have continued to give it away as the face behind the ugly mask of insurgency in parts of the country, dismissing its denial of complicity as an ill articulated afterthought. A statement by the National